“General Relativity is celebrating this year a hundred years since its first publication in 1915, when Einstein introduced his theory of General Relativity, which has revolutionized in many ways the way we view our universe. For instance, the idea of a static Euclidean space, which had been assumed for centuries and the concept that gravity was viewed as a force changed. They were replaced with a very dynamical concept of now having a curved space-time in which space and time are related together in an intertwined way described by these very complex, but very beautiful equations.”
Last week at SC15, NEC Corporation announced that the Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC) has selected an LX-series supercomputer. With a peak performance of 623 Teraflops, the new system will be the fastest in Belgium, ranking amongst the top 150 biggest and fastest supercomputers in the world. Financed by the Flemish minister for Science and Innovation in Belgium, the infrastructure will cost 5.5 million Euro.
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“We’ve had a great time here in Austin talking about data centric computing– the ability to use IBM Spectrum Scale and Platform LSF to do Cognitive Computing. Customers, partners, and the world have been talking about how we can really bring together file, object, and even business analytics workloads together in amazing ways. It’s been fun.”
SC15 has announced the winners of the Student Cluster Competition, which took place last week in Austin. Team Diablo, a team of undergraduate students from Tsinghua University in China, was named the overall winner. “The competition is a real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge in which teams of six undergraduates assemble a small cluster at SC15 and race to complete a real-world workload across a series of scientific applications, demonstrate knowledge of system architecture and application performance, and impress HPC industry judges.”
In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that software scalability and portability may be more important even than energy efficiency to the future of HPC. “As the HPC market searches for the optimal strategy to reach exascale, it is clear that the major roadblock to improving the performance of applications will be the scalability of software, rather than the hardware configuration – or even the energy costs associated with running the system.”
In this video from SC15, Dr. Eng Lim Goh from SGI describes how the company is embracing new HPC technology trends such as new memory hierarchies. With the convergence of HPC and Big Data as a growing trend, SGI is envisions a “Zero Copy Architecture” that would bring together a traditional supercomputer with a Big Data analytics machine in a way that would not require users to move their data between systems.
This week, the University of Warsaw in Poland announced plans to install a Cray XC40 supercomputer at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modeling. The six-cabinet Cray XC40 system will be located in ICM’s OCEAN research data center, and will enable interdisciplinary teams of scientists to address the most computationally complex challenges in areas such as life sciences, physics, cosmology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, and the humanities. ICM is Poland’s leading research center for computational and data driven sciences, and is one of the premier centers for large-scale high performance computing simulations and big data analytics in Central and Eastern Europe.
This week at SC15, One Stop Systems featured the first PCIe 3.0 expansion appliance to support up to sixteen Nallatech 510T accelerator cards. The preconfigured appliance is targeted for data centers operating HPC applications, providing the user with a complete appliance that solves many integration issues, provides enhanced performance, and allows for scalable flexibility. The user simply attaches the HDCA to up to four servers and has thousands of additional compute cores readily available. Each connection operates at PCIe x16 3.0 with speeds of up to 128Gb/s.